A musical portrait of composer/singer/dancer George M. Cohan. From his early days as a child-star in his family's vaudeville show up to the time of his comeback at which he received a medal from the president for his special contributions to the US, this is the life- story of George M. Cohan, who produced, directed, wrote and starred in his own musical shows for which he composed his famous songs. Written by
Leon Wolters <wolters@strw.LeidenUniv.nl>
The Yankee Doodle Dandiest Entertainment of 'em all!
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Did You Know?
According to James Cagney
's autobiography his brother William Cagney
(who was also his manager) actively pursued the role of ultra-patriotic George M. Cohan
for James as a way of removing the taint of James' political activities in the 1930s, when he was a strong, somewhat radical supporter of President Franklin D. Roosevelt
. When Cohan himself learned about Cagney's background as a song-and-dance man in vaudeville, he approved him for the project. See more
Near the beginning of the movie, George M. Cohan
is describing his birth (in 1878) to Franklin D. Roosevelt
, and speaks of the flag "having fewer stars then, but people knew more were coming". The camera fades to a scene of an American flag waving on a flagpole, before panning down to people at a 4th of July parade waving hand held flags. The hand held flags appear to be the correct 38 star flags of 1878, but the flag on the pole is the 45 star flag introduced in 1896. See more
I call it a hit. What'll your review say?
I like it too, so I guess I'll pan it.
Good Luck, Johnny
Music by M.K. Jerome
Lyrics by Jack Scholl
Sung by the chorus as part of the "Little Johnny Jones" sequence See more